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Democratic Party of Sacramento County

The Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC) is one of the most dynamic and active county Democratic Party Central Committees in the state of California. We stand at the forefront when it comes to Democratic campaign, election, and voter registration activities in the Capitol Region. Our effectiveness comes directly from the involvement and support of members just like you.


Endorsements

November 4, 2014 General Election

Endorsements as of September 11, 2014. 

 

Local Endorsements:

City Offices

Elk Grove City Council

District 4 - Nancy Chaires

Sacramento City Council

District 3 - Jeff Harris

District 8 – Neutral

School Districts

Elk Grove Unified School District

Area 2 - James Letoa

Los Rios Community College District

Area 1 – Dustin Johnson

Area 6 – Deborah Ortiz

Natomas Unified School District

At-Large – Teri Burns

At-Large – Sachiko Konatsu

Sacramento City Unified School District

Area 1 - Anna Molander

Area 2 – Ellen Cochrane

Area 7 - Linda Tuttle

San Juan Unified School District

At-Large - Paula Villescaz

At-Large – Mike McKibbin

Special Districts

American River Flood Control District

Director – Earl Lagomarsino

Cosumnes Community Services District

Director - Orlando Fuentes

Florin Resource Conservation District

Director – Davies Ononiwu

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Ward 3 - Mario Guerrero

Ward 4 – Genevieve Shiroma

Ward 5 - Rob Kerth

Ward 6 - Dave Tamayo

Ward 7 – Bill Slaton

Sacramento Suburban Water District

Division 3 – Kazman Zaidi

Local Ballot Measures

Measure G - YES

  • Folsom Cordova Unified School District – Folsom’s schools are in need of repairs and new technology. Voting “Yes” on Measure G would authorize $195 million in bond money to fix school facilities and modernize technology in Folsom classrooms.

Measure H – YES

  • City of Rancho Cordova – Rancho Cordova residents are asking for more and better services from their city. Measure H would raise the city sales tax by only 1/2 cent to meet residents needs. A track-record of balanced city budgets and citizen oversight should compel all Rancho Cordovans to vote “Yes” on Measure H.

Measure J - YES

  • Natomas Unified School District – Natomas schools are in need of repairs. Measure J would authorize $129 million in bond money to fix Natomas neediest school facilities. Vote “Yes” on Measure J.

Measure L - NO

  • City of Sacramento – Stop the power grab! Measure L gives the mayor and the well-connected too much power and reduces accountability. Vote “L” No!

 

California Democratic Party Endorsements:

State Constitutional Offices

Governor - Jerry Brown

Lieutenant Governor - Gavin Newsom

Secretary of State - Alex Padilla

Attorney General - Kamala Harris

Controller - Betty Yee

Treasurer - John Chiang

Insurance Commissioner - Dave Jones

Superintendent of Public Instruction - Tom Torlakson

Board of Equalization, District 1 - Chris Parker

 

US House of Representatives

District 3 - John Garamendi

District 6 - Doris Matsui

District 7 - Ami Bera

District 9 - Jerry McNerney

 

State Senate

District 4 - CJ Jawahar

District 6 - Roger Dickinson

District 8 - Paulina Miranda

 

State Assembly

District 6 - Brian Caples

District 7 - Kevin McCarty

District 8 - Ken Cooley

District 9 - Jim Cooper

District 11 - Jim Frazier

 

State Propositions

Proposition 1 – YES

  • Statewide water bond

Proposition 2 – YES

  • Increases state rainy day fund

Proposition 45 – YES

  • Requires health insurers to justify rate hike increases

Proposition 46 — Neutral

  • Raises medical malpractice cap and requires drug testing of doctors

Proposition 47 – YES

  • Reclassifies certain non-violent non-serious crimes as misdemeanors

Proposition 48 – YES

  • Approves two Indian gaming compacts
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Chair of Democratic Party of Sacramento County Releases Statement on Death of Grantland Johnson, Calls the Former Councilperson, County Supervisor a ‘Great Leader in Sacramento and in Democratic Politics’

dpsc_140pFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Contact: Kerri Asbury, DPSC Chair, 916-607-8241

Sacramento, Calif. – The chair of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC), speaking on behalf of the Democratic Party Central Committee, released this statement Tuesday concerning the death of former Sacramento City Councilman, member of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and state and federal health official Grantland Johnson, who died Tuesday at age 65.

DPSC Chair Kerri Asbury said:

“Today we are saddened to learn of the passing of a great leader in Sacramento and in Democratic politics, Grantland Johnson. When I first joined the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, Grantland was there telling stories and relating political history for Sacramento. I wish I could have spent more time with him learning, and documenting his stories of Sacramento lore.

“Grantland helped develop the city and county from the late ’70s to the early ’90s, and always seemed to maintain a good handle on the needs and development of both. Grantland will not be forgotten by me, our party or Sacramento. Our sincerest condolences to his family.”

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Change for Change

dpsc_140pDemocratic Party of Sacramento County presents “Change for Change,” a monthly donor competition now through September 11, 2014.

The rules are simple: You can be the winner of a generous gift card to Ella Dining Room & Bar or Mulvaney’s B&L by signing-up between July 10 and September 11, 2014 to be the largest 2014 DPSC monthly donor of the contest period (minimum $10 per month for 12 months), or by signing-up to be a 2014 DPSC monthly donor and recruiting others between July 10 and September 11, 2014 to also be DPSC monthly donors (minimum $10 per month for 12 months); you’ll get credit for their donations and your own toward the total for the competition!

Simply download and fill out our Monthly Donor Pledge form and return it to the DPSC office at 1033 S Street, Suite 200, Sacramento by September 11, 2014. It is possible to donate directly through Act Blue to participate in the competition, but for cumulative donations through Act Blue, please contact Fundraising Chair Mike Whiteside at (916) 802-3072. The person who either individually donates or recruits others to cumulatively donate the largest monthly donation wins. In the case of a tie, the person who reaches the tying donation amount first wins. The winner will be announced September 11, 2014 at the monthly DPSC meeting. Please contact Mike Whiteside for more information.

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Tower Bridge Awards Coming August 6

Save the Date! Wednesday, August 6 at 6PM

Tower Bridge AwardsJoin us at the Firehouse Restaurant, Wednesday, August 6, 2014 for the Democratic Party of Sacramento County’s annual Tower Bridge Awards!

The Tower Bridge Awards is the DPSC’s premier fundraising event of the year. Each year we honor a deserving individual and a grassroots organization for their accomplishments with an award dinner. This year’s theme, Honoring Women in California Politics, will highlight our women leaders of the past, while looking ahead to unprecedented Democratic engagement of female voters on issues from health care, to fair wages, to family and the economy. With an array of inspiring speakers and honorees, this will be a night you won’t want to miss.

This annual event is sure to sell out, so click here to RSVP and purchase your tickets today!

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Proponents of ‘Strong Mayor’ Initiative Didn’t Accurately Portray Shortcomings of Measure at Town Hall Wednesday, Charges Chair of Democratic Party of Sacramento County

dpsc_140pFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, March 27,  2014
Contact: Kerri Asbury, DPSC Chair, 916-607-8241

Sacramento, Calif. –The chair of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC) charged Thursday that proponents of the “Strong Mayor Initiative” – including Mayor Kevin Johnson, a Democrat – are not “accurately” portraying the truth about the measure, which is scheduled for a public vote in November.

The comments following a “Strong Mayor Initiative” Town Hall Wednesday night before a standing room only crowd at the SEIU 1000 union hall. Speakers included proponents Mayor Kevin Johnson and Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, and opponent Heather Fargo, flanked by community activists.

“I was pleased to see the enthusiastic participation of the public and SEIU members, but I was disheartened that the information presented by proponents was not accurately given,” said DPSC chair Kerri Asbury.

Specifically, Ms. Asbury suggested that claims by Mayor Johnson that an “ethics commission” would protect citizens under the “strong mayor” system were patently false and misleading.

“The ethics committee is virtually powerless. It has no authority, and no ability to subpoena. It’s very existence can be ended by the ‘strong mayor,’ who would have the authority to veto the ordinance that created the committee,” added Ms. Asbury.

“With misleading statements and untruths like this, it is essential voters, community activists and neighborhood associations carefully review the proposal for ‘strong mayor.’ It is devilish written, and the devil is in the details,” she added.

“There appears to be a growing level of corruption in our government where big donors cause big campaigns to be more costly and more ethically challenged. Sacramento should have real checks and balances to our governing system, free from external influence and protected by empowered watchdogs for the workers, residents and community groups,” Mr. Asbury explained.

The DPSC late last year voted to oppose the “strong mayor” measure, noting that the council-manager form of government has been working for Sacramento and that the city charter is not what needs to be changed, but rather the transparency and ethics of the mayor and council.

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DPSC Connects You to Convention via Text, Facebook and Twitter

Sign Up for Text Alerts to Your Mobile Phone

It’s your convention, Democrats! And the DPSC will be using technology and online social media tools to connect delegates and interested Democrats with the Convention. Whether you’re attending as a delegate, attending one or more of the caucuses, or just following along from home, turn to the DPSC online for frequent updates in real time.

Delegates will appreciate receiving text alerts that include notice of upcoming votes and a reminder of the DPSC’s endorsed candidates.

Sign Up Now!

Sign up to receive text alerts from the DPSC to your mobile phone at this link. There is no additional cost to you to receive these texts, but your phone’s messaging plan will apply.

Caucuses Are for All Democrats

Remember that caucuses of the convention are open to all registered Democrats who join that caucus. A full list of caucuses can be found at this link. You can prepay your caucus dues online at the link, or pay at the door. Our text alerts will notify you of caucus meetings and remind you of the DPSC’s endorsed candidates.

Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter

The DPSC will also be posting these and other real-time updates to our Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the convention, so Like us on Facebook and/or Follow Us on Twitter as an alternate way to stay connected with the Sacramento County delegation to the convention. For added visibility, we’ll be using the Twitter hashtag #CaDem13 for our outgoing messages.

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ADEMs Elections This Weekend, January 12-13

Assembly Delegates to CA Democratic Conventions Selected at Public Meetings

On the weekend of January 12-13, Assembly Delegate Election Meetings (ADEMs) will take place across California. Every two years, the CA Democratic Party selects delegates to the California Democratic Convention from each State Assembly district via the ADEMs process. Each Assembly District sends 12 delegates, 6 men and 6 women. You can learn more about ADEMs, find information on your district’s meeting date, time and location, lists of candidates, and other FAQs by visiting the CA Democratic Party’s ADEMs homepage. And if you are not sure in which Assembly District you reside, click here for a handy look-up tool.

Here are the details for the Assembly Districts which include portions of Sacramento County.

AD 6

Date: Saturday, January 12
Registration begins: 1:00pm
Location: Martha Riley Community Library
Address: 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. Roseville, CA 95747

AD 7

Date: Sunday, January 13
Registration begins: 11:00am
Location: California Teachers Association Region 2 Office
Address: 4100 Truxel Rd. Sacramento, CA 95834

AD 8

Date: Saturday, January 12
Registration begins: 3:00pm
Location: CWA Local 9421 AFL-CIO-CLC
Address: 2725 El Camino Ave. Sacramento, CA 95821

AD 9

Date: Saturday, January 12
Registration begins: 10:00am
Location: Baker’s Local 85 Hall
Address: 7125 Governor’s Circle, Sacramento, CA 95823

AD 11

Date: Sunday, January 13
Registration begins: 10:00am
Location: Green Valley Middle School
Address: 1350 Gold Hill Rd. Fairfield, CA 94534

You must attend your district’s ADEM and vote in order to have a say in who represents you; and while the candidates are given the opportunity to speak before balloting closes, you can attend, register, vote and then leave if you don’t care to stay for the full meeting.

The DPSC strongly encourages you to attend your ADEM and vote for the candidates of your choice.

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DPSC Begins New Term January 14 with Organizational Meeting

Officers to Be Elected; New Members Sworn In

In accordance with the bylaws of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, the DPSC will hold its organizational meeting on Monday, January 14th to swear in our new elected members and to select our Executive Board for the new term. (Our regular monthly meetings return to the 2nd Thursday of the month starting in February.)

Click here for the meeting agenda

Important update: due to a scheduling conflict, our regular meeting space is not available, and so we will convene at 6 pm, Monday, January 14 at the SEIU 1000 Field Office, 1325 S St. in Sacramento.

At this meeting, our newly elected members will be sworn in, and we will conduct an election to select our Executive Board for the coming term. To review the job descriptions for all of the E-Board positions, click here to view the DPSC bylaws.

Dues are due and payable at this meeting. They are:

Elected Members: $50
Alternates:$40
Associate Members: $20

Contact Kerri Asbury if you need to request a hardship waiver at kasbury@sacdems.org.

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DPSC Winter Holiday Celebration Thursday, December 13

Join us on Thursday, December 13th for our annual Holiday Potluck!

The DPSC invites you to our annual Holiday Potluck on Thursday, December 13th, 6-9 pm, at Sierra II Center, 2791 24th Street in Sacramento. In lieu of a December Central Committee meeting, we’ll be gathering to celebrate our many victories in 2012.

Bring a non-perishable food item to add to our donation to the Sacramento Food Bank, and a dish to pass. Here’s the breakout for what to bring for the party.

Last names:
A-H= Dessert
I-M= Entree
N-T= Salad or Side
U-Z= Appetizer

The DPSC will provide plates, napkins, and utensils. Refreshments will be served with drink tickets for sale for wine and beer. Sponsorships & Donations welcome!

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Dems Victory Party Election Night!

Join us as we celebrate on Election Night, Tuesday, November 6th!

The DPSC is pleased to join this great array of local Democratic organizations for a Dems Victory Rally, to be held 8 pm to midnight at the Grand Ballroom, 1215 J Street. Beer and wine will be available for $5. We’ll watch election returns and blow off some steam together. Look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to download event flyer.

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